GLib/GObject+C as the lingua franca?

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Sun Jul 27 03:40:50 BST 2008

On Saturday 26 July 2008, nf2 wrote:
> Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> > On Saturday 26 July 2008, nf2 wrote:
> >> Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> >>> On Friday 25 July 2008, nf2 wrote:
> >>>> I wonder if a kind of mixed style would work: libraries with public
> >>>> GObject/C APIs, but internally stdc++.
> >>>
> >>> the phrase "disgustingly ugly" comes to mind.
> >>
> >> Why? I think a lot of things that are tiring with plain C - like
> >> strings, containers and garbage collection might be a bit easier with a
> >> bit of C++.
> >
> > so write in C++ but hobble it with an API designed to make up for C's
> > shortcomings? that's what i meant by "disgustingly ugly"
> I think you are a bit undervaluing GObject. I think it does a lot more
> than reinventing C++... things which are quite difficult with plain C++
> as well.

... and that's where Qt comes in. it has a very clean, consistent and powerful 
API that makes up for things that are quite difficult with plain C++.

the GObject stuff is understandable when dealing with C. but when dealing with 
C++, it really isn't the API the to mimic / use. there's much better Free 
Software alternatives that exist right now.

the Qt world has become quite comfortable with using glib when it comes to C 
related stuff out of pragmatism. the rest of the world ought to learn simiar 
pragmatism; it's nonsense to uglify code when the only reason is to molify a 
bunch who lack similar pragmatism.

Aaron J. Seigo
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